Every month, the Grillo Designs Home Decorating, Upcycling and DIY group holds a cover photo contest that involves members submitting their projects to feature on the groups cover photo. The photo which  receives the most likes from other members is deemed the winner!


Jill Andrea from Reimajine.with her amazing bed bench.


Reimajine bench


She shares how she created it below!


Cover photo contest by Jill


Materials used

Antique 3/4 bed

Reclaimed lumber’

CeCe Calwell’s Paintr

Safe Coat Agcriglaze

Minwax Stain

General Finishes Arm R Seal Gloss



How to


My husband Ron took the antique 3/4 size bed and re-imagined it into a bench. He started by cutting the foot board in half to transform it into arms




They are perfectly notched into the back of the bench for a nice snug fit. In the picture below you can see the bench prior to adding the seat.


Bench without seat


Next step was to handcraft the seat and the front drop piece from reclaimed lumber. The seat was stained with Jacobean and Red Mahogany alternating the colors between the different boards once the stain was dry it was sealed with several layers of urethane. The body of the piece was painted in Vermont Slate.


Bench with seat


It was then given a light sanding. Then we gave all the flat areas a wash of Pittsburgh Gray then more light hand sanding.


Reimajine bench


At this point the whole piece was sealed with several coats of Agcriglaze Matte.


Reimajine bench


Now it is ready for its new life as a bench!


Reimagine Bench


To see more of Jill and Rons’ work, please visit their website Reimajine.



Jill’s recent post on Grillo Designs:

DIY Door frame to Headboard.

Door frame to head board


Jill Andrea at Reimajine

We are a husband and wife team that are passionate about breathing new life into anything old and discarded. There is also a strong possibility that we are hoarders lol. Ron is a master carpenter jack of all trades. I’m the dreamer/visionary. As a team we are able to tackle just about any project.


If you have any questions for Jill or would like to share your thoughts on this project, please leave a comment below. If you would like to see more of our group members projects click here. To see Grillo Designs projects click here.


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